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Seawall Armor Below Land’s End (Photos)

Those squares of reinforced steel cement represent portions of a sprayed cement “shotcrete” wall with soil nails. I can see how they’ll eventually link up. I guess they’ll have to go almost up to the 30′ surf line, but that’s a little harder to imagine.

For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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Disasters in Japan: Rashomon, 1950

War, earthquake, winds, fire, famine, the plague. Year after year it’s been nothing but disasters.

The actions in Akira Kurosawa’s movie Rashomon played out as a series of stories – flashbacks and reminiscences – told to a naive, faithful Buddhist monk. Each of the four major stories related decidedly different versions of the same basic events. The contradictions between them revealed even more about the nature of character and personality than they did about supposedly black and white matters of truth or justice.

These four frames showed the young monk overwhelmed by the suffering in the tale of the least of the major characters, a humble woodcutter. Despite the bravado, vanity or pride of the other higher-born characters however, no one in this film has had it easy – – or necessarily made the best of their lot in life. Indeed the monk himself, representing the viewers as witnesses to the tales, is included among in the list of flawed and believable characters.

I’m not sure why “this isn’t happiness” picked these up today. Probably simply the surface appearance: taken out of context these represented an arresting commentary on the aftermath of the Japan earthquake and nuclear disaster for the blogger who posted them.

from Something Like an Autobiography, Akira Kurosawa on Rashomon, by Akira Kurosawa:

“…three assistant directors … came to see me at the inn where I was staying. I wondered what the problem could be. It turned out that they found the script baffling and wanted me to explain it to them. … For their persistence I gave them this simple explanation:

Human beings are unable to be honest with themselves about themselves. They cannot talk about themselves without embellishing. This script portrays such human beings–the kind who cannot survive without lies to make them feel they are better people than they really are. It even shows this sinful need for flattering falsehood going beyond the grave—even the character who dies cannot give up his lies when he speaks to the living through a medium. Egoism is a sin the human being carries with him from birth; it is the most difficult to redeem. This film is like a strange picture scroll that is unrolled and displayed by the ego. You say that you can’t understand this script at all, but that is because the human heart itself is impossible to understand. If you focus on the impossibility of truly understanding human psychology and read the script one more time, I think you will grasp the point of it.

From Akira Kurosawa on Rashomon, by Akira Kurosawa: http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/196-akira-kurosawa-on-rashomon

Movie page with trailer at Criterion Films: http://www.criterion.com/films/307-rashomon

via this isn’t happiness, Rashomon.

via Aphelis, Disasters in Japan: Rashomon, 1950.

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Lunch Break

Interactive piece:
 

Move the mouse pointer over the image to the left to see before / after images of the same scene. (May take a moment for the second image to appear.)

Before image:
 

This scene caught my attention for the color and contrast of the foreground, brightly lit woman and the shadowed, low contrast watching men. I like these guys on their break from the small factory across the street. They’re a regular part of the neighborhood and despite the lack of common language we all get along.

During lunch some of them sit in the shade and watch a vigorous volleyball game across the parking lot.

Click the image for a larger version.

After image:
 

I didn’t at first consider this one a “keeper” for it’s lack of contrast or foreground subject. I saw it as the next frame in a short movie and loved the ways the watchers’ attention followed the red-shirted lady out of the frame. That’s when I decided to do the overlapping interactive piece above.

Maybe I’d been looking at it too long or something, but I like this image now, in its own right.

The void in the lower left corner seemed obviously empty, with two of the men looking at something we can’t see. One looked at his watch, and one looked toward the camera in a way that diminished any sense of distance or import.

Click the image for a larger version.

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A wave approaches Miyako City from the Heigawa…

Seen in multiple places. This one from ProducerMatthew.com:
http://producermatthew.com/post/3824534318/a-wave-approaches-miyako-city-from-the-heigawa

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340 Esplanade May Be At Risk

Erosion continued behind the buildings along Esplanade Ave in Pacifica, CA. Most notable, and downright scary, is a nearly unsupported patio behind 340 Esplanade. (Click an image for a larger version.)

For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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More Mugshots from New South Wales

Mug shot of Guiseppe Fiori, alias Permontto, 5 August 1924. Location unknown., 1924

Mug shot of Guiseppe Fiori, alias Permontto, 5 August 1924. Location unknown., 1924

See them here: http://adequatebird.com/projects/work1/

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Australian mug shots taken in the 1920s

Thanks to:

Stunning Australian mug shots taken in the 1920s
Dangerous Minds
http://www.dangerousminds.net/comments/stunning_australian_mug_shots_taken_in_the_1920s/

Via:

Portraits de criminels australiens dans les années 1920
La boite verte (The Green Box)
http://www.laboiteverte.fr/portraits-de-criminels-australiens-dans-les-annees-1920/

Originally:

Historic Houses Trust
http://collection.hht.net.au/firsthhtpictures/resbyfield.jsp?term=New+South+Wales.+Police+Dept.+&field=AUTHOR&searchtable=&displayFormat=TABLE

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Question and Answer (B&W)

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Test Post

Test post, please ignore.

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Instrument X-Rays

Thanks to Tanya for loaning me her x-ray negatives!


This is a post from my blog, Adequate Bird: http://adequatebird.com/

You can see larger versions of these images on Flickr at Instrument X-Rays.

And a slideshow of these images at Instrument X-Rays – Slideshow.

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Blue Flames in the Fire Pit

Pictures of a gas-fired fire pit filled with sand. All taken with a Canon 5D Mark II and a 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. Pictures were mostly at 1/100 second and hand held.

You can see the full sized images here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/sets/72157625419594303/with/5239074807/

Slideshow here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/sets/72157625419594303/show/

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Rain causes headaches along Pacifica coast (Photos)

Rain causes headaches along Pacifica coast

It is early in the winter 2010 season and already unmistakable signs of fresh groundwater erosion are visible beneath the buildings along Esplanade Avenue in Pacifica. Groundwater, water flowing underground, weakens and separates the layers of soil, sand and clay beneath the buildings, and washes away the surface of bluff. Given enough time groundwater will undermine and destroy the buildings just as surely as winter storms surf.

The dangers to the buildings on Esplanade Ave of uncontrolled groundwater drainage have been known since almost the beginning. A project including channels to control and divert groundwater has been completed at 360 Esplanade, but similar work at 330 Esplanade Ave was abandoned unfinished. (For an early reference to groundwater risks see Esplanade Update – Sunday February 7, 2010.)

The owners, community, and city of Pacifica need to remain alert of the dangers posed to the unprotected buildings along Esplanade Ave. Those buildings, in turn, continue threaten the road, infrastructure and well being of the residents in the nearby neighborhood.

Groundwater Seepage Example

Darkened earth and soil, stained by fresh groundwater, is visible in the following photos of the bluff below the south end of 330 Esplanade Ave. To the left is the flaked and shredded unfinished concrete and soil nail project intended to protect that vacant apartment building. These were taken following a dry period, but the recent storms are starting to make a difference.

310 Esplanade south: November 27, 2010 versus August 15, 2010

The still-occupied apartment building at 310 Esplanade Avenue in Pacifica stands atop a sand and soil bluff that shows significant fresh groundwater-related damage. The vacant buildings just south, 320 and 330 Esplanade are also showing recent weather-related erosion. The base of the bluffs are armored with about 30 feet of massive boulders, and so far the winter storms have not produced surf approaching that height.

In this view we see the south end of 310 Esplanade and neighboring, vacant 320 Esplanade.

310 Esplanade south: detail view

The earth – soil, sand and clay – beneath the protruding drainage pipe has receded since August.

310 Esplanade north erosion, August 15 and November 27

The north end of 310 Esplanade is next to the open “dog park”. More threatening, fresh erosion is happening here, too.

310 Esplanade north erosion detail:

An area of more than 20 square feet has fallen away from the bluff, as shown in these photos. The amount of earth (sand / dirt / clay) that has fallen seems small so far.

11/24: Rain causes headaches along Pacifica coast

The press continues to cover the Esplanade Ave story. KGO-TV, San Francisco (ABC) ran the story Rain causes headaches along Pacifica coast: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/peninsula&id=7806869




For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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